¿Cómo recuperar el control ciudadano sobre el sector energético, revirtiendo el dominio del mercado y configurando alternativas progresistas y sustentables para generar, distribuir y usar la energía? ¿Cómo podría el concepto de democracia energética contribuir a hacer realidad sistemas de energía socialmente justos, con acceso universal, tarifas asequibles y puestos de trabajo dignos, con derechos sindicales y bien remunerados? Este informe resume las discusiones y los resultados de un taller internacional sobre la democracia energética realizado en Ámsterdam en febrero de 2016.
Myanmar’s political transition, which began in 2011, has brought China’s relationship with the country into question. China has made important steps to recognise this, but fundamental difficulties remain, including ongoing ethnic conflict and conflicting visions of development. Given their proximity and troubled histories, it is essential that good relations are developed between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual respect. This briefing outlines the key histories, developments and strategies in recent Myanmar-China relations.
A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics – in particular for a subway line connecting the sports venues. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae)
Renato “Cinco” Athayde Silva was elected to the City Council of Rio de Janeiro in 2012 as a member of PSOL, a Brazilian left-wing party created in 2004 in opposition to liberal measures taken by the Lula government. Born in Rio in 1974 and trained as a sociologist, Renato Cinco is Vice-President of the Commission on the Defense of Human Rights at the City Council and now chairs the city's...
Leaked TTIP documents show the EU is promoting unrestricted trade in fossil fuels and working to limit the implementation of clean energy policies, just months after the bloc proudly claimed to have “been at the forefront of international efforts towards a global climate deal”
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Le Monde Diplomatique - The latest study from the Transnational Institute (TNI) on the effects of the ‘privatising industry’ in Europe concludes that ‘there is no evidence that the privatised companies are more efficient’. Instead, privatisation has undermined wage structures, made working conditions worse and increased income inequality.
A special session of the General Assembly took place in April revealing a growing divergence in the global drug policy landscape. Difficult negotiations resulted in a disappointing outcome document, perpetuating a siloed approach to drugs at the UN level. There is a clear need to realign international drug policies with the overarching 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, embedding the drugs issue comprehensively within the UN’s three pillars: development, human rights, and peace and security. The UNGASS process has helped to set the stage for more substantial changes in the near future, towards the next UN review in 2019.
What is the role of land in establishing lasting future peace in Myanmar? The country is at a crossroads, and facing rapid land polarization. However, the inauguration of a new government chosen by a landslide in historic elections offers an unprecedented opportunity to change course in a positive direction. An approach that prioritizes poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups especially ethnic nationalities, women, and youth, could lay a foundation for peace.
The Wire India - According to a new research report by the Transnational Institute, firms that provide Europe with security infrastructure to deal with the refugee influx are among the biggest arms sellers to the areas of conflict that have the largest outflow of migrants.
While tens of thousands of refugees have died fleeing terrible violence and hardship to get to Europe, not everyone has lost out. This report exposes the military and security companies that have profited from the tragedy, winning contracts to provide the equipment to border guards, the surveillance technology to monitor frontiers, and the IT infrastructure to track population movements.
Terwijl tienduizenden vluchtelingen om zijn gekomen op de vlucht van geweld en ontberingen naar Europa, is er een groep die grof geld verdient. Dit rapport onthult de militaire en beveiligingsbedrijven die profiteren van de tragedie. Die contracten hebben gewonnen om materieel te leveren voor grenswachten, surveillancetechnologie om grenzen te monitoren en de IT-infrastructuur om migratiestromen te volgen.
Mientras decenas de miles de refugiados mueren al intentar llegar a Europa huyendo de la violencia, hay quien se lucra con su tragedia. Este informe denuncia a las empresas militares y de seguridad que se han beneficiado con la crisis, primero vendiendo armas y, después, obteniendo contratos multimillonarios para suministrar equipos y tecnología de vigilancia de fronteras.
Mentres desenes de milers de refugiats moren intentant arribar a Europa fugint de la violència, alguns actors s'enriqueixen amb la seva tragèdia. Aquest informe denuncia les empreses militars i de seguretat que s'han beneficiat amb la crisi, primer venent armes i, després, obtenint contractes multimil·lionaris per subministrar equips i tecnologia de vigilància de fronteres.